President Obama and Governor Scott have at least one thing in common: they are both trying to create jobs in Tampa Bay by travelling around the world. Obama and Scott have led separate international trade missions to expand Florida's economy.
Governor Scott is spending four days this week in Colombia. It's his seventh international trip in two years. Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn, former Governor Bob Martinez and nearly 200 business leaders from across the state are travelling with Scott.
"Now is the time to build the relationships that will produce more trade between the two countries," said Jim Davis, a former Tampa congressman and current partner of Holland & Knight law firm. "A lot of the benefits are indirect. It is clearly a wise investment to go there. At end of day it's about relationships."
Colombia is 'already' an important trade partner. Governor Scott is trying to persuade more Colombian companies to do more business with us. His role in this trip is to open doors by serving as a skillful diplomat. His trip is just the first step in an ongoing process to improve trade with Colombia. Results will depend on how well Florida companies follow-up.
LINK: Governor's media release on previous trade missions
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